“… Data paves the road to the bottom. It is the lazy way to figure out what to do next. It’s obsessed with the short-term.
Data gets us the Kardashians.”
Actually, more data might not be what you’re hoping for, Seth Godin
“…Because I know that somewhere, out there, there is a mom who feels guilty every time she goes to “work” (whether it’s a job, a business, a personal creative project, or any vocation that feels meaningful to her). Somewhere, I know there’s a mom who feels guilty about writing her novel, running her blog, or pursuing her dream job, because she feels like throwing herself into that type of endeavor might “steal” time away from her kids and her family. Because it might make her a “bad mom.”…”
A letter to my mom, by Alexandra Franzen.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” — Mahatma Gandhi
Tell Me What You Did Today, And I’ll Tell You Who You Are, by Benjamin P. Hardy
“Our capacity for what psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has termed “fertile solitude” is absolutely essential not only for our creativity but for the basic fabric of our happiness — without time and space unburdened from external input and social strain, we’d be unable to fully inhabit our interior life, which is the raw material of all art.”
Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work
“Even when change is elective, it will disorient you. You may go through anxiety. You will miss aspects of your former life. It doesn’t matter. The trick is to know in advance of making any big change that you’re going to be thrown off your feet by it. So you prepare for this inevitable disorientation and steady yourself to get through it. Then you take the challenge, make the change, and achieve your dream.”
– Harvey Mackay
(I have posted this quote before, years ago. Always coming back to this one when I go through phases of massive change. Deep breaths.)
“… By all means, get it right. Get it right the first time. Successful makers of change embrace the hierarchy of importance, though, and refuse to engage with a fight about right when it’s vitally important to focus on important instead.”
Big questions before little ones, Seth Godin
“By middle age you might begin to see, retrospectively, the dominant motifs that have been running through your various decisions. You might begin to see how all your different commitments can be integrated into one meaning and purpose. You might see the social problem your past has made you uniquely equipped to tackle. You might have enough clarity by now to orient your life around a true north on some ultimate horizon.”
The Middle-Age Surge, by David Brooks
“To seek honor before profit is the surest means of finding profit with honor.”
– Félix Nadar
Photographer Félix Nadar on the Single Most Important Factor in Becoming a Commercially Successful Artist
Don’t “keep in touch.” It drives busy people crazy. Treat e-mailing them as you would knocking on their door and interrupting dinner. Treat it that seriously and use it that sparingly.
Tim Ferris on How to Get Busy Influencers to Share Your Stuff